Challenger Point Climber's Log

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gremlin - Sep 24, 2012 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

Prow  Sucess!

One cool route


pacojgarza - Sep 1, 2012 10:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012

Grand Finale combo.  Sucess!

On the final day of my 13 day 2012 trip to Colorado I reached the summits of Challenger and Kit Carson all by myself from Willow Lake (I had hiked up to the lake the previous afternoon). These were peaks #15 and #16 on this trip. Had some breathtaking views all around this very special place.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jul 22, 2012 12:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

Willow Lake Trail Dayhike  Sucess!

For what it's worth, my GPS read 16.5 miles RT for this dayhike, a worthy outing considering the more than 6,000 feet vertical gain! Good and tired at the end of the day. I thought the upper Willow Lake Basin to be one of the most beautiful in all of Colorado. Loved it.

mattwagner58 - Feb 6, 2012 12:38 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Willow lake.  Sucess!

Great overnight trip. Willow lake was beautiful. The summit ridge of challenger was a bit more exposed than my previous summits but was a great experience.


xpda - Oct 29, 2011 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

Challenger Point, Kit Carson  Sucess!


Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Oct 13, 2011 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008

Pioneering descent  Sucess!

Having never gone up the standard route before, we took the North Ridge up and wondered how the hell to get down. We wound up descending a 5th class face to reach challenger.


vbeckman74 - Oct 1, 2011 5:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2011

Willow Lake Epic  Sucess!

Took a newbie on this very long hike. We did Challenger and Kit Carson in one day from the Willow Lake trailhead. It took 14 hours round trip. The weather was perfect but we ended up finishing in the dark under head lamps. Loose talus and scree above the lake. Luckily we got below that before the sun set. Great epic.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Sep 25, 2011 11:58 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

Challenger and Kit Carson  Sucess!

Early start from above Willow Lake, beautiful weather and morning. Awesome day.


thatnissanguy - Sep 6, 2011 12:19 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011

The Prow  Sucess!

Approached from Upper South Colony Lake. Sick climb!


indianabob - Sep 5, 2011 12:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2011

Thwarted by the weather

We set out early and were turned back by intense lightning and hail at 10 AM. The climb up to Willow Lake was magnificent and it was a great trip despite the storm.


blueshade - Aug 28, 2011 9:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

CP and KC from Willow Crk TH  Sucess!

The pair from Willow Crk. Harder day than I expected, but got it done. Chased off the mountain by bad weather after quickly getting KC.


matthewp - Aug 21, 2011 6:47 pm

Failed Attempt

Altitude sickness got the best of one in our party, so I turned around with her while the other two continued. Beautiful area, bummer that we didn't summit.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Aug 1, 2011 8:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011

From Willow Lake  Sucess!

Challenger and Kit Carson

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jun 20, 2011 3:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2011

Done it twice!  Sucess!

Backpacked into Willow Lake Friday night and climbed up the slopes to Challenger.

REM - Jun 6, 2011 11:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2005

From Willow Lake

Unfinished business...

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Apr 18, 2011 2:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2004

Long day  Sucess!

Big day hike for Challenger and Kit Carson.


CastillejaMiniata - Feb 18, 2011 9:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2010

Got both, second try.

The first day above Willow Lake I tried for one of the couloirs northeast of Carson's summit. A cornice near the terminal ridge halted me just dozens of feet from the top. I camped in the valley that night and was up a little after sunrise to do the standard Challenger-Kit route, and just in time to evade some storms.


centrifuge - Jan 12, 2011 9:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

started in clouds  Sucess!

ended in sun

MattGreene - Dec 24, 2010 7:33 pm

North Ridge  Sucess!

Late June 2010 - Ascended the north ridge (unbelievably awesome route - much better than I expected), traversed to Challenger, then descended the Kirk Couloir.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Dec 22, 2010 5:58 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009

KCP & CP from Willow  Sucess!

Fun knob climbing!

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